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The literary criticism of Samuel Johnson : forms of artistry and thought

The literary criticism of Samuel Johnson : forms of artistry and thought / Philip Smallwood.
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Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2023.
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For Samuel Johnson, poetical judgments were no mere exercise in dry evaluation; rather, they reflected deep emotional responsiveness. In this provocative study, Philip Smallwood argues for experiencing Johnson's critical texts as artworks in their own right. The criticism, he suggests, often springs from emotional sources of great personal intensity and depth, inspiring translation of criticism into poetry and channelling prose's poetic potential. Through consideration of other critics, Smallwood highlights singularities in Johnson's judgments and approach, showing how such judgments are irreducible to philosophical doctrines. 'Ideas', otherwise the material of criticism's propensity to systems and theories, exist for Johnson as feelings that 'slumber in the heart.' Revealing Johnson's humour and intellectual reach, Smallwood frames his criticism in unresolved ironies of time and forms of historical change.
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Introduction: the criteria of the heart
Johnson's Compassion
"The tears stand in my eyes" : Johnson and Emotion
Petty Caviller or "Formidable Assailant" : Johnson Reads Dennis
Readers curious and common : Johnson, Thomas Warton and historical form
Shakespeare, Johnson and philosophy
Two ways of being wise : Johnson, philosophy and montaigne
Johnson and time
Truth, fiction and "undisputed history"
Annotated immortality
Arts of structure and they rhythm of the lives.

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